Open Data Day 2020


In celebration of Open Data Day this year, we would like to recognise the efforts of our GODAN Action colleagues in designing and making openly available the Open Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition course materials, which have been published for open access on Gitbook:

The course content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution: ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). It is also citable on Zenodo at:

Our specific thanks go to: Wageningen Environmental Research, AgroKnowAidData, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Land Portal, the Open Data Institute (ODI), the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA); for their involvement in the project.


International Open Data Day is an annual event that promotes awareness and use of open data. It takes place globally, usually in February or March. Open Data Day 2020 will take place on Saturday 7 March. A decade since its inception, groups and organisations across the world will be organising activities to showcase open data releases and other milestones in the field of open data use.

You can find more details about the event, including a map of related activities, here:


Additional resources that may be of interest

GODAN's Open Up Guide for Agriculture, created with the assistance of the Open Data Charter, provides advice on the key elements of opening agricultural datasets. The guide on three key elements: why opening data in agriculture is important, what data should be opened based on policy perspectives, and what elements should make up a strategy. Created both for policymakers and individuals interested in open data, the guide seeks to inform and inspire, allowing users to gain a greater understanding of how open data can make a difference for the agricultural sector and food security in general.

You can find our popular Webinar series HERE ON OUR WEBSITE. Created with the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Webinars seek to inspire and inform on various aspects of opening agricultural data, open data use, and open data policy.


Get involved!

Become a GODAN Partner! Partners commit to a joint statement of purpose, and any organisation that supports or has an interest in open access to agriculture and nutrition data are encouraged to get involved.

Join our Capacity Development Working Group or our Working Group on Data Rights and Responsible Data to get involved in the conversation around these topics - and contribute to the direction of our work on either (or both) of these thematic areas.